There are bases everywhere.
It's nice of people to create these "coloring pages" for many artists who lack in original skills, but won't it eventually get to a point that one base pic will become so redundant on so many pages scribbled on so many different ways, that it will become awfully boring seeing it over and over again?
If a person wants to become a better artist, they should not use bases. I think that bases are a lazy way out of creativity and it keeps the artist using it from having any good learning experiences of drawing.Take Sonic bases for instance. The Mobian body is already drawn out for you and all you have to do is color. Artists-in-training should not be messing around with bases or just recoloring another's artwork. There's barely any effort being put into these things.
There are plenty of tutorials on Google, YouTube, and especially DeviantART on how to draw things, all people have to do is just freakin' read, or take enough time out of their life to watch a 10 -20 minute video on it, and practice. Screw trolls, everyone should be able to learn at their own pace with this stuff.
In fact, to show that there are legit tutorial tips, here is one on how to draw Sonic:
Seriously, if this doesn't slow down somehow, more underage artist will think that's the way to go and half of DA or more will be filled with recolors and crappy half-colored bases. Or maybe it already is...
When I first started drawing, it wasn't the best, but I kept practicing. I remember when I was still learning of Sonic's postures and stuff, at least by age 8, I would find cool pictures of Sonic and try to redraw it myself (of course this was before I got a DA account, or knew what YouTube was). By 2012, before I got a DA account I was able to memorize how to draw Sonic characters perfectly (since I drew him for 9 frickin' years straight). But let me guess... most of us didn't start drawing when we were young... No one has that type of time now.
Well that's what references are for.
If one wants to practice drawing a character, Google up the character, go to the images section, look at screenshots of actual canon references and use them to practice sketching out the character, just don't upload them to DA unless you label them "practice sketches" or put them in your scraps section. That's what I've been doing.
Plus, I've learned to mimic many art styles very quickly, such as Sly Cooper and Storm Hawks, with just references, then eventually I'm able to draw them from memory.
So, if you ask me, I think bases should not be on DA. Bases are another word for "coloring pages" - for ages 8 and under.
If a person who comes to DA really wants to be an artist, they must learn to be patient and practice, like everyone else; it will be worth it.